Press Release:
NIA advises householders to insulate homes as energy regulator predicts higher energy bills

Release Date 22 February 2013

With the news this week from Ofgem that householders are to face much higher energy bills for years to come and an average dual fuel bill in the UK now £1420 a year, the National Insulation Association (NIA) is urging householders to protect themselves against future price rises by insulating without delay.

An astounding 60% of heat can be lost through uninsulated walls and roofs; but with the right measures put in place, householders could be making huge savings on their fuel bills. The Energy Saving Trust reports that by simply installing cavity wall and loft insulation savings of up to £320* per year can be made. The savings are even greater for insulating solid walls and lofts up to £655** per year.

Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the NIA, commented: "Home insulation is the single most effective method of saving money on domestic energy bills, with savings continuing year on year! According to the Energy Saving Trust, installing Cavity Wall and Loft Insulation together costs on average £800. This means they can pay for themselves in less than 3 years and then provide a return on investment of around 40% per year thereafter!"

Neil Marshall added: "Not only will householders be making a savvy investment for their financial future but they will also be saving carbon from day one and have a more comfortable and warm home too."

Householders are advised to contact an NIA member today who can advise them on the most appropriate and efficient method possible of insulating their home.

To find a local NIA member, householders and landlords should visit the NIA website www.nia-uk.org or call 08451 636363.

* Based on adding cavity wall insulation (CWI) (saving around £140 per year) and loft insulation (LI) of 270mm (saving around £180 per year). Savings based on an uninsulated three bed semi-detached gas heated house. Figures from the Energy Saving Trust.

** Estimated savings if an uninsulated home installed Solid Wall Insulation (SWI) (saving of around £475) and Loft Insulation (LI) (saving around £180) to the recommended depth of 270mm -based on a three bed gas heated semi-detached house. Figures from the Energy Saving Trust.

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